\ ˈshīn How to pronounce shine (audio) \
shone\ ˈshōn How to pronounce shone (audio) , especially Canadian and British  ˈshän How to pronounce shone (audio) \ or shined; shining

Definition of shine

 (Entry 1 of 2)

intransitive verb

1 : to emit rays of light
2 : to be bright by reflection of light
3a : to be eminent, conspicuous, or distinguished shines in math
b : to perform extremely well when will stocks really shine again?— Temma Ehrenfeld
4 : to have a bright glowing appearance his face shone with enthusiasm
5 : to be conspicuously evident or clear

transitive verb

1a : to cause to emit light
b : to throw or direct the light of
2 past tense and past participle shined : to make bright by polishing shined his shoes



Definition of shine (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : brightness caused by the emission of light
2 : brightness caused by the reflection of light : luster the shine of polished silver
3 : brilliance, splendor still has a shine about her
4 : fair weather : sunshine rain or shine
5 : trick, caper usually used in plural
6 : liking, fancy took a shine to him
7a : a polish or gloss given to shoes
b : a single polishing of a pair of shoes

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Synonyms for shine

Synonyms: Verb

beam, radiate, ray

Synonyms: Noun

burnish, gloss, luminance, luster (or lustre), polish, sheen

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Examples of shine in a Sentence


The sun was shining through the clouds. lamps shining from the windows She found a sport where she can really shine.


the shine of polished silver He had a nice shine on his shoes. Would you like a shine?
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

People are very resourceful, and the kitchen is one of the places where the most clever among us can shine. Becky Krystal, Washington Post, "Eight non-culinary tools you can use in the kitchen," 9 Aug. 2019 AP Photo/Kin Cheung Hundreds gathered outside the domed planetarium of the Hong Kong Space Museum to shine their lasers in a show of defiance — and more than a little bit of trolling. Jen Kirby, Vox, "Hong Kong protesters stage a laser show in latest challenge to Beijing," 8 Aug. 2019 Another ensemble dance scene, another moment for Boyce to shine. Sydney Bucksbaum,, "All of Cameron Boyce's best moments in Descendants 3," 3 Aug. 2019 God causes the rain and sun to fall and shine on the just and unjust. The Rev. Bill Thomas,, "Thomas: God turns life’s tragedies, disappointments into something eternally good," 3 Aug. 2019 The William Hill Napa Valley Chardonnay 2016, which is dry, buttery, medium-bodied, and full of orchard fruit like apples and pears, allows food to shine while mellowing and balancing seasoning and spice. Sara Mae Albert, Harper's BAZAAR, "How to Plan a Casual Chic Dinner Party," 2 Aug. 2019 Roger steered his small aluminum boat through the lagoon while Aaron shone a powerful halogen spotlight on the water’s surface. Ngm Maps, National Geographic, "‘This photograph was the hardest I’ve ever had to make’," 1 Aug. 2019 Tyler Perry has created yet another space for Black women to shine. Kimberly Wilson, Essence, "New Tyler Perry Series, ‘Sistas,’ To Premiere On BET," 1 Aug. 2019 And Musk has become a larger-than-life figure on a level that does not allow all that much light to shine on those around him. Los Angeles Times, "Tesla loses a founder, and a piece of its soul," 26 July 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

But the shine has begun to wear off these Manhattan hero lawyers. Melissa Gira Grant, The New Republic, "Is Cy Vance the Next Invincible New York Democrat to Lose?," 15 Aug. 2019 Hair styling, $2 Gornik & Drucker 15225 Palisades Village Lane Haircut, $3 The Grove Shine 189 The Grove Drive Shoe shine, 75 cents Starring by Ted Gibson 211½ S. La Brea Ave. Christi Carras, Los Angeles Times, "Stockpiling pastrami and doubling staff, L.A. businesses prepare for ‘Maisel Day’," 14 Aug. 2019 Lanoux recommends keeping blotting papers in your beach bag to control the shine. Maya Allen, Marie Claire, "The Beach Makeup Ideas & Tips That Celebrity Makeup Artists Swear By," 19 June 2019 Crucial to any of these films is a lead performance that can capture both the shine of the hero’s aspirations and the grind of day-to-day life. David Sims, The Atlantic, "Wild Rose Is the Best Kind of Musical Melodrama," 19 June 2019 Despite the lighter color, Middleton's hair was as reflective ever, thanks to a super-smooth blowout that really let the new look shine. Marci Robin, Allure, "Kate Middleton Just Brightened Up Her Hair Color With Caramel Highlights for Summer," 14 June 2019 Rebecca Ferguson plays Rose the Hat, the leader of a group called The True Knot, who feed off the shine of innocents in their quest for immortality. Clark Collis,, "Doctor Sleep director had to convince Stephen King that film should be in same universe as Kubrick's The Shining," 13 June 2019 One: use matte foundation, which will help tone down the shine caused by the harsh lighting. Elise Taylor, Vogue, "How to Take a Better Passport Photo—Then Survive Losing It in Shanghai," 1 Apr. 2019 And his future is looking as bright as the shine off those first-place medals. Jeremy Bradley, CBS News, "This veteran lost his leg, but found strength in competition," 29 June 2018

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First Known Use of shine


before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense 1


15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for shine


Middle English, from Old English scīnan; akin to Old High German skīnan to shine and perhaps to Greek skia shadow

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English Language Learners Definition of shine

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: to give off light
: to have a smooth surface that reflects light
: to be very good or successful at an activity



English Language Learners Definition of shine (Entry 2 of 2)

: the brightness that results when light is reflected from a surface
: the act of polishing a pair of shoes


\ ˈshīn How to pronounce shine (audio) \
shone\ ˈshōn \ or shined; shining

Kids Definition of shine

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : to give off light The sun is shining.
2 : to be glossy : gleam He polished the silver until it shone.
3 : to direct the light of Shine the flashlight in that corner.
4 : to be outstanding She shines in sports.
5 : to make bright by polishing shine shoes



Kids Definition of shine (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : brightness from light given off or reflected the shine of polished silver
2 : fair weather : sunshine rain or shine
3 : polish entry 2 sense 1 My shoes need a shine.

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